That`s why you need to be incredibly diligent to be able to tell customers what allergens are present in each of your dishes. Compliance with the new allergen legislation is a crucial step in ensuring the safety of your customers, whether you are a mobile caterer, a street food vendor, a café or a restaurant. Let`s go over the FSA`s list of top 14 allergens and some examples of where to find them, it`s important to effectively manage allergens in your grocery store to make sure the food is safe for customers with food allergies. Food companies must ensure that staff are trained on allergens. Employees can take our free food allergy training. Managers can also share our allergen checklist with employees for advice on food allergy best practices. These can be found in bread, bread sticks, as a side dish, in hummus, sesame oil and tahini (sesame paste). Sesame allergy is becoming more and more common and is now in the top 10 British allergens, due to the increase in consumption. In countries like Israel, where it has been a widespread food for decades, sesame allergy is quite common. Sesame is known as Benne, Gingelly, Till or Teel, Simsim or Anjonjoli on foreign products.
Many people with a mild sesame allergy may eat sesame-coated rolls because the protein that causes the allergy is only released when the seed is crushed or broken. Caterers and food companies are required by law to provide their customers with accurate information about the 14 main EU food allergens when they are present in any of the foods they produce, sell or serve. These include celery sticks, leaves, spices and celery salt. It is often found in salads, some meat products, soups and broth cubes. People allergic to celery should also avoid celery, as they are varieties of the same species. This particular allergy is more of a problem in other European countries such as Switzerland, France and Germany and is not common in the UK, but as this list of allergens was compiled as an EU-wide initiative, it was included. Consumers may be allergic or have an intolerance to other ingredients, but only the 14 allergens must be declared allergenic by food law. Grocers need to be able to tell customers which of the top 14 allergens listed by the Food Standards Agency are present in their menu items. If you are convicted of a crime under the new laws, you can expect a hefty fine. You could also risk a customer`s life. The new law applies to food that is packaged in the same place where it is sold before it is ordered.
Foods that are prepackaged elsewhere already require full ingredient labeling, highlighting the allergens on the list. Food ingredients that must be declared as allergens in the EU1. Cereals containing gluten, namely: wheat (such as spelt and khorasan wheat), rye, barley, oats or their hybridised strains and their products, except:(a) wheat-based glucose syrups, including wheat-based dextrose,(b) wheat-based maltodextrins,(c) barley (d) glucose syrups used in the production of alcoholic distillates, including ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin2. Crustaceans and derived products3. Eggs and derived products4. Fish and its products, except:a) fish gelatin used as a carrier for vitamin or carotenoid preparations(b) Gelatin or fish isingulate used as a fining agent in beer and wine5. Peanuts and derived products6. Soybeans and their products, except:a) fully refined soybean oil and fat;b) natural mixed tocopherols (E306), natural D-alpha-tocopherol, natural D-alpha-tocopherol acetate and natural D-alpha-tocopherol succinate from soybean sources(c) vegetable oils from phytosterols and phytosterol esters from soybean sources(d) vegetable stanol ester produced from vegetable oil sterols from source sources of soybeans7. Milk and derived products (including lactose), with the exception of:(a) whey used in the manufacture of alcoholic distillates, including ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin (b) lactitiol8.
Nuts, namely: almonds (Amygdalus communis L.), hazelnuts (Corylus avellana), walnuts (Juglans regia), cashew nuts (Anacardium occidentale), pecans (Carya illinoinensis (Wangenh.) K. Koch), Brazil nuts (Bertholletia excelsa), pistachios (Pistacia vera), macadamia or Queensland nuts (Macadamia ternifolia) and their products, other than nuts used in the manufacture of alcoholic distillates, including ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin will be9. Celery and derived from it10. Mustard and derived products11. Sesame seeds and derived products12. Sulphur dioxide and sulphites at concentrations greater than 10 mg/kg or 10 mg/litre relative to the total SO2 values to be calculated for ready-to-drink products or reconstituted in accordance with the manufacturer`s instructions13. Lupin and related literature14. Molluscs and their products The label must contain the name of the food and the list of ingredients containing the 14 allergens to be declared by law. All UK food companies are required to comply with the food allergen information rules set out in the EU Food Consumer Information Regulation (EU FIC). Learn more about these legal requirements and the UK`s Food Information Amendment, also known as Natasha`s Law, which comes into force on 1 October 2021.